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Let’s find a fit between needs of legal profession and society, ABA President James Silkenat says

Aug 12, 2013, 07:42 pm CDT

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Well sure.  Why not?

“In what may turn out to be Silkenat’s signature project, he discussed the joining of two pressing issues for the legal profession: access to justice and the dearth of jobs for newly minted lawyers.”

Wow.  Actual issues that have something to do with the legal profession.  Amazing.

By B. McLeod on 2013 08 12, 9:03 pm CDT

I am grateful that it seems the ABA finally has a president who actually cares about the attorneys the organization is supposed to represent, including the profession’s most recent members.  Kudos to Mr. Silkenat.  If only he had come a little earlier….

By Kudos! on 2013 08 13, 12:21 am CDT

Indeed.  If he had only come as much as a year earlier, we might have been spared the assinine “turtle on a flagpole” speech and a great many other public embarrassments.  But, at least he is here now, and it is refreshing to see some attention given to issues of the profession as opposed to tree-hugging and whale-saving and other partisan social agendas that would be better handled in organizations that are supposed to be partisan political organizations.

By B. McLeod on 2013 08 13, 12:30 am CDT

“he discussed the joining of two pressing issues for the legal profession: access to justice and the dearth of jobs for newly minted lawyers.”

Actually, this frames the issues wrongly.  There is not a “dearth of newly minted lawyers” so long as there are so many lacking access to justice.  There is a glut of 25K lawyers laden with six-figure debt loads so ungodly they cannot afford to provide access to justice.

By Legal Realist on 2013 08 13, 10:08 am CDT

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By Allan Tanenbaum on 2013 08 13, 11:10 am CDT

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